Auburn University Strategic Plan

Priority 2: Building the Research-Enterprise Foundation
The Auburn University System values the research, scholarship, and creative endeavors of our faculty and will build the foundation for a stronger and larger research enterprise.


Initiative 1: Build on existing strengths and natural competitive advantages.

Strategic Priority 19: Unique Auburn Capabilities | COMPLETED

Auburn University continues its efforts to develop interdisciplinary research initiatives, including Health Sciences.

"We will capitalize on and leverage unique Auburn capabilities.  Auburn has many component disciplines that address healthcare including food and nutrition, family and child development, kinesiology, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, veterinary medicine, and others. A study will be performed to assess the possible creation of a Health Science Center (which would not include a medical school) to develop new approaches in healthcare delivery."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • Auburn University has supported the development of interdisciplinary research initiatives, including the Health Sciences. A 35 member Health Sciences Task Force recommended collaborative interdisciplinary efforts across broad areas of research, education, and service. Currently, the Office of the Vice President for Research continues to work with two task forces, one on Health Sciences Initiatives and the other on Energy.
  • Research expenditures have remained steady and research awards increased 9% since 2008. The total number of proposal submissions for 2010 was 17% above the three year average.
  • A new AU-Intramural Grants Program approved 55 internal proposals in 2010, with over $2.5 million in awards across all colleges and schools in its inaugural year.
  • Currently, the Auburn University Huntsville Research Center, with Dr. Rodney Robertson as the Director, is establishing multiple contractual agreements to assist Auburn University faculty in collaborating with public and private sponsors in the Huntsville area.
  • Key strategic interdisciplinary initiatives included: cyber systems; energy and the environment (including Gulf of Mexico research); health sciences (including food systems); science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM); and transportation.
  • Task Forces were charged with identifying priorities and engaging faculty across the University and developing recommendations for increasing external sponsorship.

Strategic Priority 20: Recognized Auburn Programs | COMPLETED

Auburn University successfully established the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation in 2010.

"Building on the increasing recognition of Auburn programs, such as Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures and bioenergy technology research and development, we expect to attract additional funding.  Additional tactical improvements related to building on existing research strengths include reaffirming our commitment to technology transfer and continuing to support the development of the research park."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • In conjunction with the ARTF, construction of the first building in the Auburn Research Park was completed on time and under budget in 2010. Tenants of building one include: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Johnson Sterling, Roanoke Electronic Controls, Auburn University Office of Technology Transfer, and Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.
  • In early 2011, construction was completed on the second building whose tenants include the Auburn University MRI Research Facility and Dr. Lee Warren, a local neurosurgeon.
  • In August 2012, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, Va., announced plans to open a branch campus in the Research Park. Both institutions signed an agreement establishing a branch campus and collaboration on biomedical research and healthcare projects. VCOM will build a new facility featuring classrooms, small-group learning rooms, laboratories and a technology center. The first class of 150 students is proposed for fall 2015.

Last Updated: Feb. 22, 2013

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